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7 Stunning Whitewash Saltillo Tile Options

Saltillo tile is known for its deep, gorgeous terracotta color. As rich as that coloration is, it’s important to recognize that you don’t always have to stick to that deep brown if you don’t want to. It can be overwhelming.

Sometimes, a little whitewash can do wonders when it comes to the look of your home. Don’t believe it? Take a look at these whitewash saltillo tile options currently floating around on the market.

1. Chalk It Up

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These tiles are what most people think about when people say the phrase “whitewashed,” and it’s easy to see why. This particular wash gives the tiles a weathered, pastel, and chalky look that works well with most modern themes. 

The cool thing about “chalk look” whitewash is that you don’t have to worry about the tiles looking mass-produced. The color still bleeds through. It’s just a little more shabby chic than you may have expected it to be. 

2. Ruddy Red

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When people think of saltillo tile whitewash, they tend to assume that the whitewash will be heavy-handed. This is not always the case. In the room above, the whitewash is a very thin glaze that gently lifts the color of the saltillo up a couple of notches. 

This is a great choice for people who want to max out their color options and also keep a lot of the terracotta shading the saltillo has. More importantly, it’s also easy to remove. So, if you’re not 100 percent sure you’re ready to whitewash, this is a good choice.

3. 50 Shades of Pink

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One cool thing about whitewash is that you don’t have to apply it evenly throughout your flooring if you don’t want to. Saltillo is great in the sense that it offers you a wide range of different color treatments. Here, we see a bathroom floor that has tiles whitewashed to different levels.

Some are almost yellow, others are pink, and still more have a textured brick red appearance. This gives your flooring a more multifaceted look that’s both weathered and organic. It looks great, especially when paired with the white walls of this bathroom. 

4. Blue n’ Painted

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Whitewash isn’t just handy on its own. Sometimes, it’s a good base to add a little extra color. Here, this is sone in a pretty subtle manner. The saltillo tiles were whitewashed heavily, which gives them a white yet slightly weathered look. (Beach club vibes? Oh my, yes!)

Once the tiles were whitewashed, they were given a quick, subtle stain of blue. The end result is a blue that’s weathered, beachy, and just barely there. It ties the room together beautifully here, don’t you think?

5. All Bricked Up

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Whitewash is phenomenal for homes that want to have something that looks crisp yet rugged. Saltillo “faux brick” tiling is perfect for homes that want to have something that looks gorgeous but keeps things sealed and soft on the feet. That’s why it’s a favorite among country home designers.

This particular home has a wider range of whitewash layers on the tiles used. This adds dimension to the home’s looks and keeps things country without it looking like you’re trying too hard. 

6. It’s A Splash!

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Backsplashes are often a bit heavy-handed when they have saltillo tiling, since this type of tile tends to be extremely orangey. Unless you have a Spanish-style house, you are going to feel overwhelmed by the terracotta hues saltillo has. 

This is why it’s often best to whitewash the backsplash, especially if you want to get a more modern look to your home. Here, we see the beauty that a solid grey whitewash was able to do with a tiling type similar traditional Spanish saltillo. Not too shabby!

7. Half and Half

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It’s important to remember one of the options to whitewashing saltillo tiling is that you don’t have to whitewash everything. Or rather, you don’t always have to pair saltillo with saltillo. Here, we see pink painted ceramic as a classic backsplash, with larger saltillo tiles on the floor. 

Saltillo tile, naturally made, will be too bold for a kitchen that is all pinked out this way. A diluted whitewash will even things out in a way that looks absolutely stunning. This super dilute whitewash muted the orange tones and made everything look way more cohesive.

Feeling a bit washed out?

Whitewash is not always a good idea. If you aren’t sure whether you’re into the look it offers, dilute it and then whitewash your flooring. This allows you to wait and see how the wash looks before you go even lighter. Lighter layers also can be modified easily, so you will be able to undo things if it’s not perfect.

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